When the D-Fenders fell behind by a dozen points after the first quarter against the D-League’s second-best team, their outlook may have seemed bleak. But they responded by outscoring Austin by 25 over the next two periods to cruise to a 110-96 victory.
“(It was) just a desire to keep competing,” D-Fenders head coach Casey Owens said. “When you don’t miss a shot (like Austin did), that’s just agains the law of averages and basketball karma. We knew they were going to miss shots.
“We couldn’t hang our heads, and we didn’t. We kept digging back in it.”
D-Fender of the Game
Josh Magette: The Birmingham, Ala., native recorded a triple-double by racking up 13 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Magette took only 10 shots, but managed to get everyone else involved as six of the eight D-Fenders suited up reached 13 points or more.
Vander Blue (13):
While Magette distributed, Blue provided buckets. The Marquette product racked up 27 points by shooting 8-of-22 from the field, plus 10-of-12 at the free throw line. He also collected six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
15: Three-pointers hit by the D-Fenders, who knocked down eight more than their opponents. While Austin shot just 29.2 percent from deep, Andre Ingram powered Los Angeles by sinking seven of his 10 attempts on triples, finishing with 21 points.
“Andre changed the game when he came in,” Magette said. “… He’s a real weapon.”
The D-Fenders host the streaking Idaho Stampede on Monday at 8 p.m. in a game televised by ESPNU. Idaho has won three straight games, though it fell by 10 in its first meeting with L.A. on Dec. 18.